Self-Driving Cars: The Powerful Change About to (Not) Hit You

  • Posted on: 7 December 2016
  • By: lyanabu

We are on the cusp of a revolution in transportation. In the next fifteen to twenty years, autonomous vehicles will begin to replace human-controlled cars, improving traffic, reducing pollution, and eliminating nearly all vehicle deaths.

There are three reasons why this change is inevitable: Safety, cost, and efficiency.

The Hermione-Draco Election

  • Posted on: 18 October 2016
  • By: lyanabu

Does anyone else see the current U.S. Presidential election as the matchup between Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy?

In this corner, Hermione/Hillary Clinton: female, smart, studious, dedicated, good-intentioned. Tends to come off as wonkish, or snobbish to those that dislike her.

And on the Republican/Slytherin side, Dracoy/Donald Trump, the rich, spoiled, entitled scion, with bad hair, bad character, obnoxious and selfish.

How has this not been a meme?

The Secret To Solving The Group Housing Cleaning Problem

  • Posted on: 1 September 2016
  • By: lyanabu

“But at the end, there are always the damned dishes.” – Marilyn French, The Women’s Room

If you've ever lived with other people, you probably have this problem: Your roommates are slobs.

When I was in college, I lived in a house with eight other people. I loved living with my friends: we made dinners together, we had philosophical conversations, and it was cheaper than living alone. It was great.  

Listen, The Secret to Your Success Is...

  • Posted on: 10 July 2016
  • By: lyanabu

How can being a good listener help you be happier, make others happy, maybe even contribute to world peace?

Listening Well Can Make You Happier

Psychologists have long understood that people are terrible at predicting what will make them happy. If you say, “I will be happy if I … win the lottery, become famous, buy a fancy car”. Even if you achieve that goal, when you look back to assess, most people find they are not as happy as they thought they would be.

The Invisible Wind: A Metaphor for Racism in America

  • Posted on: 5 January 2016
  • By: lyanabu

Race is in the news often these days with the Black Lives Matter movement, the Abigail Fisher UT Austin Supreme Court case, and protests against racism at colleges and universities across the country this fall.

Many people are reluctant to talk about race, but it’s a perennial subject because it is so relevant, and also always changing.


  • Posted on: 27 October 2015
  • By: lyanabu

I've always loved to read. It used to be books. Now it's reading online, which is better in some ways though not as good in others.

I like to collect quotes from books and websites. It combines two things I love, reading, and collecting. Here are some favorites:

Get Your Degree for Free

  • Posted on: 27 August 2015
  • By: lyanabu

“You get What you Pay For”

“The Best Things in Life are Free”

These two statements are seemingly contradictory, but when it comes to Graduate School, they are somehow both true.

If you:

  • Are already in graduate school
  • Are thinking about getting a graduate degree
  • Know someone – a friend, a child, a mentee – who may one day consider going to graduate school

It is important to know that there are ways to get a graduate degree for free.

It is important because:

Open House, Hidden Space

  • Posted on: 30 July 2015
  • By: lyanabu
The front of a house in Santa Fe, New Mexico

On Sunday I saw a sign advertising an Open House by Sotheby’s. On a whim, I followed the signs to a twisty, narrow part of East Santa Fe, an old and respectable part of Santa Fe. In fact it was one street over from Canyon Road. I knew it would be expensive. On the way I passed an acequia so I knew it would be even more pricey. When I got to the house, it was pleasant but unremarkable from the road, so I knew it was definitely top dollar. Also there was a guest house.